NO, no He is not!
Why, why is He not angry? Surely He is angry at the sin of mankind. Surely He is angry at our rebellious and ungodly ways? Surely there are consequences to our sin and He must bring judgment? If He was not angry with Cape Town then they would have plenty of water?
I understand this way of thinking, however, this is not the way God, our Heavenly FATHER, thinks. And He has commanded us, His Church, to be heavenly minded and not earthly minded. When we begin to see things from His perspective and the judgment that happened at the cross we would understand why Jesus came, what His death accomplished and our responsibility as a result. (Isaiah 53)
Looking at the life of Jesus with His disciples there is one thing that He constantly had to rebuke them for, and if there is any rebuke anywhere it will be towards the Church and NOT THE PEOPLE OF CAPE TOWN – or any other City …
Jesus NEVER rebuked His disciples because of their faults and failures, He rebuked them for their UNBELIEF.
God hates sin. We know that. We also know that there are consequences to sin. I don’t think anyone disputes that. However, when the disciples found themselves drowning in a storm while Jesus was sleeping, they woke Him and accused Him of NOT CARING! He got up, took control over the weather and calmed the storm, then rebuked them for not doing it!
When they could not cast out a demon from a child, He again rebuked them for their UNBELIEF. He did, however, in His love and mercy, cast that demon out. He taught them how to feed multitudes, how to heal the sick, cleanse lepers and raise the dead. When His disciples wanted to call down fire on the heads of the Samaritans for rejecting Him, He rebuked His disciples for operating under that kind of spirit, not the Samaritans.
He taught them that His purpose was to SAVE mankind from their sin through taking on the sin of ALL MANKIND. On that dreadful day, the pure, holy, sinless, Son of God took our place and suffered the punishment that was due to US. For God to still be judging people, believers and unbelievers alike, is to nullify the work of the cross, which is the power to save, to heal, to deliver, to change the weather, and to bring heaven to earth.
After His resurrection He returned and left instructions for us, His Church, to preach the message of reconciliation between God and all people. And this is the message of reconciliation entrusted to us –
THAT GOD IS NOT COUNTING MENS SINS AGAINST THEM!
And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to Himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God. In other words, it was through the Anointed One (Jesus) that God (our Heavenly Father) was shepherding the world, not even keeping records of their transgressions, and He has entrusted unto us the ministry of opening the door of reconciliation to God. We are ambassadors of the Anointed One who carry the message of Christ to the world, as though God were tenderly pleading with them directly through our lips. So we tenderly plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Turn back to Him and be reconciled to Him.” For God made the only One who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with Him. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21 TPT)
God’s nature towards mankind is tender. He is gentle and not hard or harsh. We are in an age where God is pouring out His mercy and grace towards us all. It is His GOODNESS that leads us to repentance. He pours out His rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
And then, the message and scripture we all love so much …
John 3:17 God did not send His Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Saviour and rescue it! (TPT)
It is time! It is time for the Church to come together and to pray. It is time for us to repent of our unbelief. It is time for us to stand up and do the works that Jesus commands us to do. It is time for us to bring His message of reconciliation to Cape Town and the rest of the world. It is time for us to take our place and fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory (the love, grace and mercy) of the Lord. It is time to be the heavenly sons and daughters of God that we are and to manifest the glory of the Lord that is within us.
YOUR DAMS ARE FULL
YOUR RIVERS ARE FLOWING
AND THERE IS ABUNDANCE IN THE LAND.
For more understanding on the judgments of God go to my blog on “Understanding Wrath”.
For encouragement concerning Cape Town go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1HYSmF55WA
If the Lord impresses on you to join the prayer meeting with Angus Buchan on the 24th March 2018 in Cape Town, do so.
Stay encouraged and filled with hope! 😊
YHWH is good all the time! 😊
Scripture References: Colossians 3:1-2; Matthew 6:9-17; Isaiah 53; Mark 4:37-41; Matthew 17:14-20; Romans 2:4; James 5:17-18; Romans 8:19-21